JIS News

The Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Water and Housing, will be hosting the 17th Annual CWWA Conference and Exhibition, under the theme ‘Integrated Water Resources Management – Developing Water Systems and Managing Waste’, at the Rosehall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay, St. James from October 6 to10.
The CCWA is a regional Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), of professionals involved in the water and wastewater sectors, and groups all the water utilities in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“There will also be a training session before the conference, which will be sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to train participants on waste water management,” Jamaica’s Representative for the CWWA and Programme Director of the GOJ/IDB Water Programme, Ian Gage, told JIS News. “There will also be a high level Ministerial Session beginning on October 5 and continuing to the next day,” he added.
The High Level Ministerial Session, dubbed HLS-4, will be attended by regional Ministers responsible for water, Permanent Secretaries in the relevant Ministries, Chairmen of the water utility boards and the Managing Directors of the water utilities. This session will comprise presentations on issues of common interest to the region, and will be held on Sunday, October 5, to be followed by a Roundtable Discussion on Monday, October 6. The discussion is aimed specifically at the key decision-makers within the regional water sector.
HLS-4, is intended to provide a forum for the decision-makers in the water and wastewater public sectors in the region, to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest, and identify policy issues that may benefit from a regional perspective and approach.
Some 53 exhibitors have so far come on board, and will be showing their wares to between 250 and 300 participants, who are expected to attend the conference. Participants will be drawn from within the Caribbean as well as from North America, Latin America, and Europe.